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  Chinese language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese is often thought to be a single language, though in fact regional variation between different variants/dialects is comparable to that of the, for instance, the Romance language family; many variants of Chinese are different enough to be mutually incomprehensible.
Standard Mandarin is based on the Beijing dialect, which is the dialect of Mandarin as spoken in Beijing, and the governments intend for speakers of all Chinese speech varieties to use it as a common language of communication.
In the sense that the written language is based on Standard Mandarin and the dialects are (for the most part) spoken but not written languages, the situation in China is a complex and interesting case of diglossia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_language   (7013 words)

  
 Chinese language - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Chinese language (汉语/漢語, 华语/華語, or 中文; Pinyin: Hànyǔ, Huáyǔ;, or Zhōngwén) is a tonal language and a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages.
The Chinese language, spoken in the form of Standard Mandarin, is the official language of the People's Republic of China in mainland China and the Republic of China on Taiwan, as well as one of four official languages of Singapore, and one of six official languages of the United Nations.
The terms and concepts used by Chinese to think about language are different from those used in the West, partly because of the unifying effects of the Chinese characters used in writing, and partly because of differences in the political and social development of China in comparison with Europe.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /chinese_language.htm   (3778 words)

  
 Chinese (Mandarin) Language Schools. Learn Chinese (Mandarin) Worldwide.
Our Mandarin Chinese Language School in Taichung is one of the largest University Language Education centers in Taiwan for students from all over the world wishing to learn Mandarin.
Being able to speak the language may open doors and opportunities in your life that may have not existed before thus it is a skill that will be to your advantage.
The language is taught using the Beijing Pin-Ying system, the most widespread method for teaching Mandarin and also the easiest system for beginners.
www.studyabroadexpo.org /file/Language_School_Chinese.html   (499 words)

  
 Mandarin Language Profile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
There are several languages spoken in China, but Mandarin is by far the dominant language in China and is also spoken in Taiwan and by part of the Chinese community of Singapore.
Mandarin is spoken in Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore.
The written language is considered by many including the Defence language institute as on of the hardest in the world.
www.how-to-learn-any-language.com /e/languages/mandarin-chinese   (2537 words)

  
 Mandarin Studies Programme - Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Students who have completed the course successfully are able to comprehend, and communicate in Mandarin in social communicative situations; to enlarge vocabulary extensively; be able to use the phrases and patterns within the correct context; write short essays with the help of dictionary.
The department is proud that students of Mandarin now have excellent learning facilities available to them though the Chinese Multimedia Language Laboratory and the Chinese Seminar Room which form part of the newly launched Centre for Chinese Studies.
The teaching of and research in foreign languages in South Africa are determined by situations in which speakers of any of the country's languages communicate with speakers of a foreign language through the medium of the foreign language, either orally or in writing.
academic.sun.ac.za /forlang/mandarin.htm   (909 words)

  
 Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin was originally the language spoken by Chinese officials, most of whom came from Beijing.
Mandarin is known as pŭtōnghuà (common language) or bĕijīnghuà (Beijing language) in China, guóyŭ (national language) in Taiwan, and huáyŭ; (Chinese language) in Singapore and Malaysia.
Today Mandarin is the main language of government, the media and education in China and Taiwan, and one of the four official languages in Singapore.
www.omniglot.com /writing/mandarin.htm   (893 words)

  
 Language School Explorer - Mandarin_language information.
Standard Mandarin is the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and one of the official spoken languages of Singapore.
The broad academic concept of "Mandarin" encompasses a large number of linguistically related dialects, some less mutually intelligible than others, and is very rarely used outside of academic circles as a self-description.
This is because Mandarin has undergone many more sound changes than have southern varieties of Chinese, and has needed to deal with many more homophones — usually by forming new words via compounding.
www.school-explorer.com /Mandarin   (1528 words)

  
 Mandarin language --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Mandarin Chinese is spoken in all of China north of the Yangtze River and in much of the rest of the country and is the native language of two-thirds of the population.
There are two elements to the Chinese language: the written language, based on individual symbols called characters, each of which represents an idea or thing; and the spoken language, which includes a number of different dialects.
The written language originally had no alphabet, but it was easily understood by literate people no matter what dialect they spoke.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9050476?tocId=9050476   (842 words)

  
 BAY AREA / Mandarin speaks to growing class / Immigration, business spur Chinese classes
Outside of class, the African American practices speaking Mandarin with a Chinese friend, and is also teaching her 1-year-old sister, Erica.
Much as Japanese was the language of aspiring capitalists and cultural adventurers in the 1980s, Mandarin Chinese is attracting more students at all levels and ethnicities, in part because of mounting recognition of the importance of the language, and the growing number of Chinese American students enrolled throughout the Bay Area.
Mandarin, the national language of China, is one of many dialects.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/01/23/BAGRFAV2ES1.DTL   (1219 words)

  
 Chinese (Mandarin) Language Schools in Taiwan. Learn Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Taiwan Study Abroad Center in Taichung is one of the largest University Language Education centers in Taiwan for students from all over the world wishing to learn Mandarin.
Learning Mandarin at one of the most reputable, government recognized private universities in Taiwan that uses the most modern and practical approach to language learning.
Our objectives are to offer Mandarin tuition to people from all over the world at the university while offering them Teaching English vacancies at schools in the central part of Taiwan and at the same time doing our very best to provide an easy transition from your home to a new life in Taiwan.
www.studyabroadinternational.com /file/Language_School_Chinese_Taiwan.html   (489 words)

  
 Academy of Chinese Language and Culture, Study abroad in China
With distinctive strengths in language teaching and program management, the academy has served as the national center for teaching Chinese to foreigners, and for training teachers who specialize in teaching Chinese as a second language.
The Beijing Chinese Language Academy (BCLA) is established specifically to teach Mandarin Chinese to international students and is attached to China's prestigious Tsinghua (Qinghua) University.
The Academy is regarded as the optimal learning environment, compared to other language universities in Beijing, where classes average 15 to 20 students.
www.aclc-cn.com   (166 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Comment | Learn a language: Mandarin or New Labour
It was rather startling, as if a country priest, reading out the parish notices, had metamorphosed into a new Savonarola, bringing down curses and jeremiads on the congregation.
But what our children really need, if they are to succeed in life, is to master the language of New Labour, with its talk of cross-cutting, stakeholders, roll-out and multi-modal partnerships.
They should be learning this vital tongue now, not in the teens, when their synapses have frozen over.
politics.guardian.co.uk /columnist/story/0,9321,1395447,00.html   (452 words)

  
 Learn Mandarin Online - Write or Speak in Mandarin Language Exchange
A language exchange complements other forms of learning such as classroom, cultural immersion and multimedia, because you get to practice all that you have learned with native speakers in a safe and supportive environment.
Language exchange learning is also inexpensive because we provide free tips and conversation lesson plans that allow you to do a language exchange on your own.
Add your profile to the language exchange community and let others contact you to for language exchange learning.
www.mylanguageexchange.com /Learn/Mandarin.asp   (889 words)

  
 Tone Language Translates To Perfect Pitch: Mandarin Speakers More Likely To Acquire Rare Musical Ability
Tone languages - Mandarin and Vietnamese, among many others - are those in which words take on entirely different meanings depending on the tones in which they are enunciated.
In Mandarin, for example, the word "ma" means "mother" when spoken in the first tone, "hemp" when spoken in the second tone, "horse" in the third and a reproach in the fourth.
The study follows up on one Deutsch led in 1999, which found that native speakers of Vietnamese and Mandarin exhibited a "remarkably precise and stable form of absolute pitch in enunciating words," leading Deutsch to hypothesize then that pitch was an extra-musical ability.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2004/11/041114235846.htm   (1129 words)

  
 International Student's Center Beijing, China
The language program of ISC is consciously designed to offer you an opportunity to immerse in Chinese culture in the course of language learning.
ISC specially designed the personalized program for students who would like to intensely improve their language skills and also for students who does not have the time that will match with the course ISC provides.
Admission, Chinese language teachers and English speaking guides are provided to help students deepen there knowledge of Chinese history.
www.iscbeijing.com   (760 words)

  
 Bethel Begins Offering Mandarin Language Classes, Bethel University News
Deborah Sullivan-Trainor, chair of the Department of Modern World Languages, hopes that student interest will be great enough to eventually offer a minor in Mandarin.
She believes a Mandarin minor would be an ideal complement for many of the students majoring in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), giving them the opportunity to teach English in China.
Hunter-Hecht chose to audit the class as part of her sabbatical because of her interest in helping to welcome new immigrants into American society as they enter and fulfill the citizenship process.
www.bethel.edu /special-events/newsrel/2005articles/02-03-05chinese.html   (432 words)

  
 Study Abroad in Beijing with World Link Education and Experience China
WLE's leading Chinese Language immersion programs are specially designed to provide the most comprehensive and balanced curriculum, combining class instruction with free after-class language tuition, language exchange with native speakers, and electives.
Accelerated teaching methods allow students at lower proficiency levels to acquire language skills required for effective communication in a short period of time, and advanced students to gain expression proficiency at an abstract level.
The Chinese Language component is taught by native speakers who are experienced and qualified, and hold a degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
www.worldlinkedu.com   (913 words)

  
 Learning Mandarin Language - Learning RU
Learn and practice your Mandarin with a native speaker in a language exchange via email, text chat, and voice chat.
This list is for people learning Mandarin who want to share tips and practice their language.
Foreign language training is essential for communicating with customers from other countries and for employees who are expected to work abroad.
learning.ru.com /learning-mandarin-language.html   (465 words)

  
 Mandarin Chinese Language Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
My project is intended to be a repository of resource links which could assist a native English language speaker in learning Mandarin Chinese.
Mandarin is the common language of the majority population in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
There are many Chinese language resources on the net, and I hope I can show you a taste of some of them.
www.planet.eon.net /~wavem/chinese.html   (85 words)

  
 The Language (cn)
The College of International Education at TUT is authorized by the Education Ministry of China to offer Chinese language programs that enable international students to gain proficiency in the Chinese language.
Participants have ranged from the beginners to the advanced, who need a strong foundation in the language for various careers throughout the world, who are interested in Chinese culture, or who simply intend to live and travel in China.
The languages available represent some of the fastest-growing populations that your library may need to serve.
www.shambles.net /pages/Countries/cn_lang   (1254 words)

  
 Learn Chinese in China. Learning Chinese or Kung Fu Wushu in China; Mandarin Chinese Language Study at Universities and ...
Learning Chinese or Kung Fu Wushu in China; Mandarin Chinese Language Study at Universities and Schools in China; like Beijing University, ShangHai University, or the University in Hong Kong.
Mandarin Language, Chinese Culture and History, Business in China, Chinese Medicine, and Chinese Film.
In addition to Mandarin Chinese Language Programs for all levels and lenghts of time, courses and classes are offered in Wushu / Martial Arts, Chinese Business, and Culture, and any number of customized programs.
www.EducAsian.com   (239 words)

  
 Numerals, Numeration, and Numerical Notation Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Adkins, Julia E. Historical and analytical study of the tally, the knotted cord, the fingers, and the abacus.
In Language in Ethiopia, M.L. Bender, J.D. Bowen, R.L. Cooper, and C.A. Ferguson, eds., pp.
An Explication of All the Inscriptions in the Palmyrene Language and Character Hitherto Publish'd.
phrontistery.info /nnsbib.html   (8653 words)

  
 The Chinese Outpost | Mandarin Chinese Language Tutorial
Our "Introduction to Mandarin Chinese" tutorial aims to give you a broad foundational grasp of the principles behind Mandarin Chinese, without going into the granular details you might find in introductory linguistics courses, or that might show up on pop quizzes (like this).
In these pages, we'll introduce the major features of Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, characters and grammar, providing you with a solid basic understanding of how the Chinese language is put together.
You should then be able to progress much faster in your language learning journey.
www.chinese-outpost.com /language   (277 words)

  
 UCLA Language Materials Project Language Profiles Page
To search for language resources, select a language, material type, and level from the menus below.
Each Language Profile includes information about the historical, cultural, and social roots of the language, a map showing where the language is spoken, basic facts about the grammar, writing systems, and history of the language, and a wealth of other sociolinguistic information.
Each page also includes contains links to the LMP citations for that language and a list of websites of interest to teachers and learners of the language.
www.lmp.ucla.edu /profiles/profm02.htm   (132 words)

  
 Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese Language Learning courses at great prices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Paul Pimsleur's original and unique method enables you to acquire Spanish as effortlessly as children absorb their native language.
Pimsleur is the only language program that includes exclusive, copyrighted memory training that ensures you will always remember what you have learned.
When you finish these lessons you'll be so delighted with you fast-growing spoken language skills you'll want to continue with the full 30-lesson Pimsleur® Program.
www.opendoorbooks.com /chinsemand_comp.htm   (257 words)

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